We were away on holiday last week, a delicious Summer week spent with my family beside the sea. Now that I am back home in Yorkshire, I'm experiencing that familiar heavy-hearted melancholy that always descends on me following a week spent in Dorset. I am naturally very attached to my childhood Dorset home, to the countryside and coastline that I grew up in that holds so many layers of memories and emotions. When I am there, I feel the tendrils of nostalgia creeping into my soul and wrapping themselves around my heart. It always feels like a physical thing to me, I feel my heart squeeze with the pure pleasure of being back where I belong, and I feel a very strong pull to stay there and never ever leave.
But of course I have to leave, I have to come home from home. I have to travel the 300 miles north and ease myself back into the present, into the gentle familiarity of this life I am living here in Yorkshire. I feel the ache of the separation, but from experience I know it won't last long. The longing to be beside the sea will gradually subside and really I am glad to be back.
The last photo above is the view out of my bedroom window in Dorset. It's the bedroom I slept in as a child, and the bedroom that J and I sleep in when we stay in Dorset. The house I grew up in was a small three-bedroomed semi on a 1970's housing estate. The houses were purpose built by a local housing association and known as "social housing", being rented out to low income families and retired pensioners. The Low Income thing gave them a bit of a stigma locally, but as a child I don't remember being overly bothered by the fact that we were seen as being poor for living there. I loved my bedroom! I loved living there with that view and being only 2 miles from the sea which I loved more than anything.
We had an amazing holiday last week, day after day of hot summer weather, glorious countryside, scenic views and fun family times. I took a LOT of pictures (almost 600 I think!) and I'm really going to enjoy stringing them into some sort of a holiday story to share here on my blog. A story of long summer days, happy times and simple pleasures......